FARGO — Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Cass County election officials aren't planning on having an all mail-in election on November 3.
However, they plan on having early voting sites open two weeks before the election.
They're only opening six out of 38 polling sites for the vote, with three of them opening the week of October 19 and three more opening the week of October 26.
Mike Montplaisir, Cass County auditor, said he and other officials planned this to give more options to voters.
"What we're really trying to do is make it easy for people to vote, make it safe for people to vote, and by spreading out the time and by limiting the places, we think we can do that," he said.
Even though not every polling site will be open, Montplaisir expects more voter turnout than the mail-in primary two months ago.
"We got a lot of comments on the all-mail election," he said. "Some people really liked it, some people didn't, and everybody's a little bit different."
If you can't vote in person, absentee ballots can still be sent in, but they have to be postmarked by Nov. 2 at the latest in order for the vote to count.